Madurai (PTI): The second broad gauge line between Madurai and Dindigul has been thrown open for traffic, Additional Railway General Manager V.Carmalus said on Thursday.
Talking to newsmen here, he said the trains were being operated at 70 km per hour since Monday,and the speed would be increased to 90 KM per hour.
Simultaneously,electrification work of the tracks between Dindigul and Madurai had been started.Electrification of Tiruchi-Villupuram sector had already been completed,he said.
The BG-conversion of Virudhunagar-Manamadurai and Madurai-Bodinayakanur sections also would be taken up.
To a question, he said electrification of Madurai-Villipuram section would be completed by 2010.
Women's special trains would be operated from August 5 at Chennai, he added.
Divisional Railway Manager Anil Singhal said downtrains were being operated on the second line between Dindigul and Madurai. The tracks would have to be consolidated before the speed of the trains was increased to 90 km an hour. The second track would provide a tremendous relief to existing BG track between Dindigul and Tiruchi which was being used to the extent of 140 per cent,he said.
The project to convert the 63-km distance was taken up in June 2007 in two phases.The first phase between Dindigul and Kodairoad was completed in September,and the second phase,from Kodairoad to Madurai was cleared early this month. Second track cost had escalated to Rs.150-crore from the sanctioned Rs.130 crore.